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Chipotle Is Offering Free Delivery (But You Have to Use Its Website or App)

Plus, fancy shots of booze are now a thing, and more food news

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  • Chipotle has been offering delivery via Postmates for a few years. Now, the burrito chain is taking this service in house by partnering with DoorDash. Customers can order delivery directly from Chipotle’s website and mobile app, according to an official announcement. The service is available at more than 1,800 Chipotle restaurants in 70 markets. To mark the occasion, Chipotle is offering free delivery on orders of $10 or more through September 12. There’s no word what kind of fee delivery customers will pay once the promotion expires.
  • Blockbuster, the once-powerful video-rental chain that is down to a single location in Bend, Oregon, now has its own beer. The Last Blockbuster is made by Bend-based 10 Barrel Brewing, per the Takeout, and it’s described as a “black ale with nuances of red licorice.”
  • It seems Gordon Ramsay, the celebrity chef famous for berating adult restaurateurs until they cry, has a softer side. Ramsay has offered a job to a young chef who was denied entrance at the Heart of Worcestershire College cooking school because of his height, according to the Mirror. The school claimed 18-year-old Louis Makepeace, who stands 3-foot-10, would pose as a safety risk. “Disgusting attitude,” Ramsay responded, “I’d offer him an apprenticeship any day.”
  • America is blessed with many Oreo flavors, but two things this country doesn’t have are chicken wing- and wasabi-flavored Oreos. For those, you’ll have to head to China.
  • Pauly D, the disc jockey who made a name for himself starring on MTV’s Jersey Shore back around the turn of the decade, is throwing some wild sets at the club. During a recent event in Miami, according to Page Six, Mr. D brought to the stage a guy dressed as Super Mario who started feeding cannolis to the crowd. That’s not all: “At one point Pauly grabbed the cannoli cream tube and started spraying it on people in the front row.”
  • Cornish pasties —similar to handheld pies — are having a moment in Arizona, of all places. The very British baked goods have become popular in Phoenix thanks to the Cornish Pasty Co. chain, operated by Cornwall native Dean Thomas, reports Munchies.
  • Denmark knows its strengths, and the Danish government is pouring money into gastronomy. Ten million kroner (about $1.2 million USD) will be allocated annually for the next four years in an attempt to create culinary jobs, reports the Local DK.
  • California has a range of restaurant-related bills ready to be signed, per Nation’s Restaurant News. Among the legislation is a bill that will make non-sugary drinks the default in kids’ meals, a plastic straw ban, and a ban on nondisclosure agreements.
  • Los Angeles has named a public square after late restaurant critic Jonathan Gold, reports the Architecture Newspaper. A plaque designed honoring Gold will be placed in a plaza outside Downtown LA’s Grand Central Market food hall.
  • And, finally, the trend predictors at the Wall Street Journal say fancy shots are the next big thing. Adults are moving on from those booze bombs at college bars and looking for “the classy way of doing a beer bong.”